Family: Aponogetonaceae. Native of South Africa.
Occurrence: Cape Pond Lily grows in still and moving water to about half a metre deep. It favours cold weather, and is one of the few winter-growing aquatic plants. In Victoria it grows south of the divide.
- the white flowers are distinctively lobed (see illustration)
- the leaves are elliptic and float on the surface
- the leaves are on long slender stalks which arise from a tuberous underwater stem.
Notes. Cape Pond Lily can be distinguished from other aquatic plants by the underwater tuberous stems (i.e. the stems are swollen and tuber-like), and by the distinctive flowers.
Photos: Flowers and floating leaves. Riddell’s Creek, near the railway bridge.